Merit crutched on the wretched refuse from my teeming resonance
This line refers directly to the sonnet at the base of the Statue of Liberty by American poet Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus”. All immigrants are welcomed to America, no matter how dirty or poor. They are the “wretched refuse” that wash up on America’s shore.
“Merit crutch” refers to a person without talent. This person needs help just to maintain any relevancy or worth/merit.
They go on to steal from Aesop, but they only have the ability to take his worst, his refuse. They want to have the “teeming resonance” of Aesop, seeing as he really strikes a cord in people, he has merit.
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